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General History

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Coach Builders

PDF-011-1: H.V. Burlingham 1928-1963. Illustrated history. 26 pages.
PDF-012-2: H.V. Burlingham - A Flock of Seagulls - The Story of Burlingham’s ‘Seagull’ coach body. Illustrated history. 2nd edition. By Neville Mercer. 22 pages.

PDF-199-1: Duple Motor Bodies Ltd 1919-1989. Illustrated history. 29 pages.

PDF-129-1: Lesser Known Coachbuilders. Brief Histories. Illustrated. 39 pages.
Includes Allsop; Bartle; Eaton; Bence; Longwell Green; Mulliners; Whitson.

PDF-147-1: Lesser Known Coachbuilders 2. Brief Histories. Illustrated. 27 pages. Includes Applewhite; Barnards; Grose; Gurney Nutting; Picktree; Wilks & Meade.

PDF-107-1: Lesser Known Coachbuilders 3. Brief Histories. Illustrated. 41 pages. Includes Associated Coachbuilders; Air Dispatch; Bruce Coach Works; Metalcraft; Lydney; Mumford

PDF-173-1: Strachans (Coachbuilders) Ltd. 1894-1974. A Brief History. Illustrated. 29 pages.

PDF-031-1: W. L. Thurgood (Coachbuilders) Ltd. 1925 - 1967. Illustrated history. 17 pages.

Chassis Builders

PDF-178-1: Associated Equipment Company Ltd - A Brief History 1912-1979. Illustrated history 20 pages.

PDF-007-2: Atkinson Vehicles Ltd. (UK Passenger Chassis Production) 1950- 1963. Illustrated history. 2nd edition. 15 pages.

PDF-218-1: Bristol Commercial Vehicles Ltd - A Brief History 1908-1983. Illustrated history 20 pages. Includes Bristol Tramways & Carriage Company 1908-1955.

PDF-202-1: Crossley Motors Ltd - The Buses: A Brief History 1928-1958. Illustrated history. 40 pages.

PDF-124-1: Gilford Motor Co Ltd. 1926-1935. Illustrated history. 18 pages.
PDF-205-1: Gloster-Gardner 6LW Coach Chassis 1933-1934. Illustrated history. 13 pages.
: Great Eastern Railway: Stratford Built Buses: How Did They Work. By Dave Taylor. Illustrated. 23 pages.

PDF-171-1: Guy Motors Ltd - A Brief History 1914-1986. Illustrated history. 15 pages.

PDF-197-1: Jensen Motors Ltd - Light Passenger Chassis 1948-1951. Illustrated history. 20 pages.

PDF-059-2: Karrier Motors Ltd. 1908-1948. Illustrated history. 2nd edition. 25 pages.

PDF-128-1: Leyland Motors Ltd. 1896-1988. Illustrated history. 37 pages.

PDF-132-1: The Rowe Hillmaster - PSV Chassis Production 1953-1958. Illustrated history. 10 pages.

PDF-213-1: Thornycroft Passenger Chassis  - A Brief History 1902-1948. Illustrated history. 23 pages.
PDF-146-2: Tilling-Stevens 1906-1953. Illustrated history. By Roger Cox, Richard Rosa and Albert Gonzàlez. 2nd edition. 92 pages.

PDF-210-1: Vulcan Motor & Engineering Co Ltd - A Brief History 1902-1937. Illustrated history. 17 pages.

Modes of Transport

PDF-130-1: The Horse Bus (A Brief History) 1662-1932. Illustrated. 21 pages.
PDF-131-1: The Steam Bus (A Brief History) 1833-1923. Illustrated. 15 pages.
PDF-134-1: The Tram Car (A Brief History) 1807-1963. Illustrated 15 pages.
PDF-139-1: The Trolleybus (A Brief History) 1911-1972. Illustrated 13 pages.
PDF-133-1: Early Motorbuses and Services 1896-1986. Illustrated 13 pages.
PDF-200-1: Travelling The Roads - A Brief History of Road Passenger Transport. Illustrated. 59 pages.

Transport Pioneers

PDF-008-1: Manchester Carriage & Tramways Co Ltd 1865-1903. Illustrated fleet history. 21 pages. Includes brief biography of John Greenwood (1788-1821).

PDF-048-1: George Shillibeer, A Brief Biography 1797-1866. Illustrated. 12 pages.

PDF-125-1a: Thomas Tilling, A Brief Biography 1825-1893. Illustrated. 15 pages. Revised 2020.
Includes Thomas Tilling Ltd. 1897-1969.

Steam Tram Locomotive Builders

PDF-217-1: William Wilkinson & Co - A Brief History 1881-1902. Illustrated history. 10 pages.


PDF-014-1: Lower Mosley Street Bus Station 1928-1973. By Neville Mercer. Illustrated history. 36 pages.

PDF-009-1: South Lancashire Transport 1900-1958. Souvenir Brochure. 18 pages.